The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us a lot about our health and cleaning habits. And while some of the practices we adopted at the beginning of the pandemic are now bygone, like sanitizing mail and groceries, there are some cleaning habits we picked up that we shouldn’t leave behind.
We all learned just how important it is to disinfect surfaces during the pandemic, and we need to continue this practice. That’s because it kills germs and stops the spread of illnesses. Thankfully, disinfecting isn’t quite as intensive as it seems.
Due to the efficacy of modern cleaning products, disinfecting can be as simple as wiping down with soap and water, or just your favorite disinfectant. Pay close attention to surfaces that are touched frequently, like light switches and handles, and don’t forget about other places that can collect dirt and dander, like rugs and light fixtures.
Cleaning is not a fun task for everyone, but it is important. Unfortunately, with the demands of our world, cleaning is often pushed aside. That does not mean that it should be neglected, though, and the pandemic reminded us just how important it is to clean frequently.
Here are some tips to make cleaning more manageable:
● Clean in batches: Cleaning does not have to be done all at once. You can do little bits here and there to keep your space neat and tidy. Spend 15 minutes one day disinfecting your surfaces, and spend 20 minutes another day dusting.
● Follow a schedule: Create a schedule that is easy to follow and works with your current agenda. If you have lots of time on a Tuesday, dedicate that to your task that takes the longest, like vacuuming and mopping floors. Spend a busier day on a quicker task.
● Incorporate cleaning into your routine: Make cleaning part of your everyday routines. After you’ve gotten ready for the day, take a quick pass at your bathroom countertop. After you’ve cooked dinner, disinfect the surfaces in your kitchen.
Cleaning can be a chore, but it does not have to be. By making it a little bit more manageable, you’ll find yourself doing it more frequently and consistently.
Cleaning Your Electronics
Although we were isolated for much of the beginning of the pandemic, when we did leave the house, we still brought our electronics with us. Our phones, computers, and tablets need to be cleaned just as often, if not more, than other household items.
There are lots of electronic-safe cleaning products you can use to disinfect. Be sure to keep using them even after the pandemic subsides.
Cleaning After Sickness
Those of us who contracted COVID-19 cleaned our homes afterward. But COVID-19 is not the only sickness we should be disinfecting after. Sanitizing our homes after having influenza, the common cold, or any other virus can stop the spread of germs and protect our loved ones from catching something unwanted.
Because of the pandemic, we had the chance to reflect on our cleaning habits. Now we need to put them into practice to live cleaner, healthier lives.